Three Wildcats Earn First Team All-America

Erik Kynard

March 12, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the recipients of the organization’s first and second team All-America distinctions on Monday and the Kansas State Wildcats earned three first team distinctions and three second for their efforts at this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Three of K-State’s entries in the championship meet finished in the top eight to receive first team honors. Earning first team status for the women were seniors Ryann Krais and Boglarka Bozzay. Krais finished fifth in the pentathlon with her personal best score of 4,142 points, which her alone into third in school history. Bozzay finished sixth for K-State in her first appearance as an individual at the NCAA indoor meet. She clocked in at 2:06.00 in the final to be the first Wildcat to score in the 800 since 2005. Junior Erik Kynard tied for fourth in the men’s high jump with his leap of 7-02.50 to receive first team honors and his third indoor All-America certificate of his career. This year marked the ninth straight year the men have had an All-American in the high jump, and Kynard earned the 13th high jump in the last 17 years.

Receiving second team honors for the men were Jeffrey Julmis and Mantas Silkauskas for qualifying in the 60 meter hurdles. Silkauskas finished 10th with his time of 7.78 seconds and Julmis was right behind at 7.79 in 11th. Freshman high jumper Alyx Treasure also received second team honors for the women as she finished 15th with her leap of 5-08.75.

A total of 272 men and 262 women received the honors. Last year, the organization voted to change the All-America procedure with all athletes who finish in the top eight or are part of an eight-person final receiving first team honors. Athletes finishing in ninth place through 16th receive second team. Others who participated receive honorable mention.

The Big 12 Conference was well represented on the list with the most women’s first team honors at 39. The men had 25 first team recipients. Combined the conference ranked second behind the SEC with 82 as the men tallied 44 first team honors and 38 for the women.

The USTFCCCA also released its final team rankings for the indoor season based on the results of the NCAA meet, and the Big 12 women showed the conference’s depth. A total of six women’s teams from the conference finished in the top 25 at the meet, four of them were in e Top 10. Only two men’s teams made the Top 25, but both were in the Top 10. K-State’s women tied for 34that the NCAA Championship, and the men’s squad was 44th.